March 10, 2020 -Update
Dear Valuable Employee
Due to the Corona Virus (COVID 19) outbreak, and in order to protect our residents and our staff members, we implemented some strict rules on visitation per recommendation by the CDC, CMS and the department of public health.
ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN IN THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION
AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW.
We will actively screen and restrict visitation by those who meet the following criteria:
1. Signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
2. In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
3. International travel within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
4. Residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.
In addition, I am attaching the CDC recommendations on visitation. We would like to minimize any outside traffic at the facility level:
Limiting visitors and individuals: Expanded recommendations:
CMS is providing the following expanded guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (in addition to the information above about restricting visitors).
* Restricting means the individual should not be allowed in the facility at all, until they no longer meet the criteria above.
* Limiting means the individual should not be allowed to come into the facility, except for certain situations, such as end-of-life situations or when a visitor is essential for the resident's emotional well-being and care.
* Discouraging means that the facility allows normal visitation practices (except for those individuals meeting the restricted criteria), however the facility advises individuals to defer visitation until further notice (through signage, calls, etc.).
1. Limiting or Discouraging visitation:
a) Limiting: For facilities that are in counties, or counties adjacent to other counties where a COVID-19 case has occurred, we recommend limiting visitation (except in certain situations as indicated above). For example, a daughter who visits her mother every Monday, would cease these visits, and limit her visits to only those situations when her mom has a significant issue. Also, during the visit, the daughter would limit her contact with her mother and only meet with her in her room or a place the facility has specifically dedicated for visits.
b) Discouraging: For all other facilities (nationwide) not in those counties referenced above, we recommend discouraging visitation (except in certain situations). See below for methods to discourage visitation. Also see CDC guidance to "stay at home"
For those individuals that do not meet the above criteria, facilities can discourage entry but may require visitors who are coming to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as facemasks (if available on stock, as currently those PPE are impossible to get).
Our workers' safety and well-being is paramount to us. Therefore, we have advised our employees about how to take care of themselves, protect others, and monitor the latest developments. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have informed our employees that they should:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when they are sick
- Cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a face mask
- Wash their hands often
Micha Shalev Ben Herlinger